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Higher Education Prospectus

Higher Education Prospectus
 

Why study a higher education course?

Top 10 reasons to consider higher education

Higher education (HE) is good for you! Extensive research has shown the following benefits of obtaining a higher level education:

1

On average, the more you learn, the more you earn. Those who have been through HE in the UK earn on average 50% more than those who haven’t.1 Over your working life, a graduate will earn over £100,000 more than someone else who has two or more A levels, who doesn’t continue to HE.

2

Getting a HE qualification increases your chances of being employed in the first place. An undergraduate qualification increases the probability of being employed by 3.3%.2 Overall, 93.2% of UK full-time first degree leavers were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating.3

3

Employers value graduates because they use their initiative without waiting for instructions, pick up knowledge quickly and bring new ideas and energy.4

 
4

HE provides an opportunity to gain intellectual fulfilment and find career satisfaction. 86.5% of graduates from 2010 reported they were satisfied with their career to date when surveyed four years later.5

 
5

FE Colleges charge lower study fees than most universities. In 2015, only seven universities charged less than the maximum £9,000 course fees per year.6

6

To help you meet the cost of HE there may be bursaries available from our awarding universities.

7

98.9% of our HE learners rated their experience as good or very good.7

8

89% of our HE learners nationally are in paid employment or further study six months after graduating, with others engaged in a range of activities such as taking a year out doing voluntary work.

 
 
9

You will develop skills that will help you stand out in a competitive employment market including critical thinking, problem solving, data analysis and communication.

10

Over 70% of learners studying for a university-level course at a college live within 25 miles of the college.

1 The Government’s White Paper ‘The Future of Higher Education’.
2 The Benefits of Higher Education participation for individuals and society: key finds and reports “The Quadrants” BIS October 2013
3 Higher Education Statistics Agency
4 Hogarth, T.et al., DfES 2007
5 Higher Education Statistics Agency – Longitudinal survey 2010/11
6 Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2015-16
7 2013-14 Student Satisfaction Survey